The response to our World War 1 replica gospels has been outstanding. Over 25,000 copies have been ordered in the past 10 weeks in Australia alone, with gospels set to be given at many ANZAC services including the Gallipoli dawn service, on the 25th April 2015.
The Royal Australian Navy chaplains have been equipped with 7000 of the WW1 replica gospels and are sending them on ships around the world. These will be given at ANZAC Day dawn services and shared with servicemen who spend months at a time away from home. Chaplain Walker from the Fleet Base East Sydney (Garden Island) told us,
“It is such a blessing to have these gospels to help us share God’s words of truth and comfort. These books are so well designed and have a compelling historic link to WW1 serving soldiers. Even servicemen who have very little religious background are interested in receiving and reading these pocket gospels. These will become part of our regular distribution for new recruits and others who are searching for faith and meaning.”
It is thanks to those who gave to our Booklet Appeal last year that we have been able to supply more than 25,000 copies in Australia. That appeal gave us funds up front to be able to print and ship these, and now people are continuing the generosity by either giving for the books they received, or donating so that more can be printed.
SGM Lifewords will have these gospels available as a feature product for the whole 100 year WW1 anniversary period, from 2015-2018 in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.